The prestigious Polar Music Prize this year to the Afghan national institute of music and for the American metal band Metallica. The winners will each receive one million kroner (101.000 euros) at a gala in Stockholm on 14 June, in the presence of the king Charles XVI Gustav of Sweden.
In the Afghan institute was the first full female orchestra in the country. The institute, ANIM, supports orphans, street children and young girls by them to give a lesson as musicians and singers. The institute was founded in 2010 by Ahmad Sarmast and get the support of the world Bank and international lenders. Ahmad Sarmast, a muzikoloog and solo trumpet player, escaped in 2014 in Kabul a suicide attack. He said he was “very happy and honored” to be with the price.
Metallica is one of the most influential bands of the heavy metal. The drummer of the band, Lars Ulrich, called the award “a great recognition of everything that Metallica over the last 35 years has done.”
“We think that our two laureates, who are from very different worlds come, the mission of the Polar Music Prize illustrate, which consists of musicians and musical organizations to honor those who change the game”, says Marie”, general director of the price.
The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, the manager of the Swedish group ABBA. The prize is awarded each year to two winners. The price has as a goal “the musical boundaries to break, and people from different muziekwerelden to unite”.